Hong Kong stocks open higher on trade hopes


HONG KONG, Jan 18, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – Hong Kong stocks rose in the opening
few minutes of trade Friday, tracking a healthy lead from Wall Street fuelled
by a report the US was considering easing tariffs on Chinese goods as part of
a drive to reach a trade deal.

The Hang Seng Index climbed 0.89 percent, or 237.81 points, to 26,993.44.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 0.32 percent, or 8.10 points,
to open at 2,567.74, while the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks
on China’s second exchange, was 0.12 percent, or 1.55 points, up at 1,310.69.